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To start this,I use 1920x1080 and I run my 5850 at 900/1200 when gaming, and doesn't get too hot, about 73-75ºC at 31% fan speed.

But after trying to play Crysis2 with everything super maxed using the external config tool, I get pretty bad stuttering in some places. (Not mention the crap textures of Crysis2..)

I can run BadCompany2 in multiplayer almost maxed out, just with 8x Anisotropic instead of 16x and 4x AA, and I run at an average of 60 fps.

Now my question, should I wait for next gen cards, like AMD 7xxx series or crossfire the 5850s? I can get a new 5850 for about 130€. But I can get a GTX480 for 240 €.

While 5850CF according to anandtech gives better overall performance increase than a 480, and the same amount of power usage, cooler and quieter, I don't have good experiences in the past with multi-gpus and game usage (2x 8800gtx).

Is crossfire giving performance boost on all the new games? Or is there troubles everytime you want to play a new game?

Thanks to all who give any suggestion.
    
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I would Crossfire 2 5850's.
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from what I read crossfire has limited support...

I would just OC and wait for next-gen
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Well if you are looking for increased performance in crysis 2, crossfire is not the way to go. That game performs really bad in crossfire. I would recommend upgrading to a 6950. You can get one for about 250-260 and then you can unlock it to a 6970 through a bios flash. Overclock a 6950 and it will fly. IMO it is the best deal in the graphics card market right now price/performance wise.
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Was in the same boat, I'm going 5850 and 5870 Crossfire.
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Btw nota interested un crysis2 just ran it to see what I could expect performance wise when BF3 comes
    
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Btw nota interested un crysis2 just ran it to see what I could expect performance wise when BF3 comes
I would still upgrade to a 6000 series instead of getting a 5000 series card. The unlocked 6970 will perform much better than a 5870 from last gen. Also, the 5000 series does not scale particularly well in crossfire. Getting a 6000 series is more future proof and if you decide to crossfire later on, they scale much better in crossfire.
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sell it and get 2x460s like i did

or definately get another, they scale well these days. the 460s just scale a bit better
    
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I was going this route but i say DONT.
You will notice far smoother gameplay and albeit a smaller improvement than crossfire, still an improvement to your FPS.

Crossfire should only be used when you buy both at the start of their product life cycle.

2GB VRAM Single card > 1GB VRAM crossfire.
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sell it and get 2x460s like i did

or definately get another, they scale well these days. the 460s just scale a bit better
460 SLi would be slower than 5850 crossfire. Also I've got a good friend with 460 SLi and he hates it, constantly having to setup SLi profiles and other issues.
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